Widgets, apps and videos for Stop Smoking
Find self help and more below to help you stop smoking…
Go smokefree with your mobile phone
f you have an Android phone, iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, you can download the free NHS Smokefree app. Created for those who want to stop smoking, the Smokefree app is a 4 week programme that puts practical support, encouragement and tailored advice in the palm of your hand.
- Provides daily support and success tips
- Keeps track of how much money you're saving
- Shows how many days you've been smoke free
- Record a motivational picture, video or audio to remind you why you’re giving up
- Provides links to local NHS Smoking Services
Quitting smoking is one of the main things that people can do to improve their own health and the health of those around them. The evidence available to date shows that e-cigarettes are significantly less harmful than smoking tobacco.
What is an e-cigarette?
An electronic cigarette (e-cig or e-cigarette), personal vaporizer (PV) or electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) is a battery-powered vaporizer that simulates the feeling of smoking. They are often cylindrical, with many variations. Some e-cigarettes look like traditional cigarettes, but others do not. There are disposable or reusable versions. The liquid in the devices usually contains nicotine suspended in propylene glycol and glycerine. The levels of nicotine in the cartridges may vary and most also contain flavourings. When a user sucks on the device, a sensor detects air flow and heats the liquid in the cartridge so that it evaporates. The vapour delivers the nicotine to the user. There is no side-stream smoke but some nicotine vapour is released into the air as the smoker exhales.
Are e-cigarettes a Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) licensed product?
E-cigarettes are currently not licenced but do have to comply with consumer protection legislation. There is one MHRA approved nicotine inhaler that has been granted marketing authorisation from MHRA, this product is VOKE and is not yet available on the market.
Can e-cigarettes be used in combination with any other stop smoking medication?
E-cigarettes can be used in combination with other nicotine replacement products – this is known as combination therapy. As e-cigarettes are not a licenced stop smoking medication they are not available under prescription or on a voucher. Therefore people will need to buy and pay for the e-cigarette themselves.
The ASH briefing on electronic cigarettes has further information http://ash.org.uk/files/documents/ASH_715.pdf